The award winning Speirs Locks Campus proposal establishes a vibrant mixed use quarter incorporating residential, educational, business and cultural activity. It fully integrates into an existing masterplan structure and develops this framework further with a phased development of the site. This new urban student quarter provides residential and mixed use accommodation for both graduate and post-graduate students. The development is planned around a series of new public spaces and connections that tie Glasgow City Centre to the historic Forth and Clyde Canal waterway system. The first phase is for a 235 bed residential scheme, divided between 5 bed clusters and larger dorms of up to 10 rooms. Within Phase I, a range of amenities space is provided including artist’s studios, pastoral space and a cafe linked to the canal towpath. The inclusion of these amenities, which will serve not only the residents but also the area, show a clear commitment to the local communities and arts organisations. Phase II sees a further 330 rooms divided between 5 bed clusters, studios and family apartments. A similar ratio of amenity space to accommodation will be provided with retail space and a bar/cafe currently proposed.
Scottish Design Award _ Place Making & Master Planning 2013